Christophe Maufroy

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Our study aims at the design and implementation of a general controller for quadruped locomotion, allowing the robot to use the whole range of quadrupedal gaits (i.e. from low speed walking to fast running). A general legged locomotion controller must integrate both posture control and rhythmic motion control and have the ability to shift continuously from(More)
— This paper presents a new control approach to achieve robust hopping with upright trunk in the sagittal plane. It relies on an innovative concept for trunk stabilization, called Virtual Pendulum concept, recently proposed, based on experimental finding in animal locomotion. With this concept, the trunk is stabilzed by redirecting the ground reaction force(More)
The dynamics of the center of mass (CoM) in the sagittal plane in humans and animals during running is well described by the spring-loaded inverted pendulum (SLIP). With appropriate parameters, SLIP running patterns are stable, and these models can recover from perturbations without the need for corrective strategies, such as the application of additional(More)
Biomechanics research shows that the ability of the human locomotor system depends on the func-tionality of a highly compliant motor system that enables a variety of different motions (like walking and running) and control paradigms (like flexible combination of feedforward and feedback control strategies) and reliance on stabilizing properties of compliant(More)
A new control approach to achieve robust hopping against perturbations in the sagittal plane is presented in this paper. In perturbed hopping, vertical body alignment has a significant role for stability. Our approach is based on the virtual pendulum concept, recently proposed, based on experimental findings in human and animal locomotion. In this concept,(More)
This contribution presents the concept and design of the first robot of the BioBiped series, aiming to transfer biomechanical insights regarding the mechanics and control of human walking and running to bipedal robot design and actuation. These are supported by preliminary experiments with the robot, where synchronous and alternate hopping motions could be(More)